As I was sitting in the movie theater waiting for Super 8 to begin, I found myself wondering, "What is this movie about?" And for the first time since I can remember, I honestly had no idea. Typically, when I go see a movie, I already know the opening scene, the "twist" at the end, and which song by a popular female vocalist and accompanying rapper will be played over the final credits (not to mention how they did the special effects, the status of the stars' off-screen relationship, and how many sequels are in the works). What can I say? I like to be an informed movie-goer. Between trailers that leave nothing to the imagination, and the invention of camera phones, it's almost impossible for movies these days to genuinely surprise an audience, at least in terms of plot. Writer/director J.J. Abrams (who also directed the 2009 summer blockbuster Star Trek) did a great job of keeping the mystery alive surrounding the release of Super 8, and this, ultimately, is what makes it unlike any other movie so far this summer.